For vehicles that do not meet the new requirements, an exemption provision exists whereby end-of-series vehicles can be sold and registered for use in Norway if they have EC type approval. The exemption provision relating to end-of-series vehicles sets limitations in terms of both time and the number of vehicles. During a transitional period, the provision relating to end-of-series vehicles also applies to vans with national type approval.
How to apply
The manufacturer or importer can apply for the registration of end-of-series vehicles. The application should be submitted to the NPRA and must contain the following information:
- the type(s) of vehicle(s) involved
- the number of vehicles the application concerns, preferably with a list of Vehicle Identification Numbers (chassis numbers)
- type approval number
- reference to new requirements or directives causing the vehicles to be defined as end-of-series vehicles
- an overview of the number of vehicles of the same type(s) registered in the last twelve months
The exemption is limited to a period of 12 months for vehicles manufactured as ‘complete vehicles’. This means that, if the application for the registration of end-of-series vehicles is granted, the vehicles must be registered within 12 months after the new requirements have entered into force. For vehicles that have undergone a multi-stage type approval process, also called ‘completed vehicles’, the deadline is 18 months. It is the European Type Approval Directive that sets these limitations.
Limitation on the number of vehicles
Passenger cars and motorcycles/mopeds
For passenger cars and two- and three-wheeled vehicles, the number of end-of-series vehicles may not exceed ten per cent of the number of vehicles of the same type that were taken into use in Norway in the course of the last twelve months. If ten per cent amounts to less than 100 vehicles of the same type, the maximum number of vehicles that can be registered is 100.
All other vehicle groups
For other vehicle groups, the limit is 30 per cent of the number of vehicles of the same type that were taken into use in Norway in the course of the last twelve months. If 30 per cent amounts to less than 100 vehicles of the same type, the maximum number of vehicles that can be registered is 100.
In exceptional cases, the NPRA can register a certain number of end-of-series vehicles of a given type based on the vehicles’ Certificates of Compliance (CoC). In order for the exemption to apply, the CoC must have been valid for at least three months from the date of issue, before becoming invalid as a result of the new requirements entering into force. Special grounds for the use of this exemption must be stated in the application to the NPRA’s Directorate of Public Roads.